Early Settlements

These videos and podcasts by eminent scholars, master teachers, and other speakers open a variety of ways to explore American history. The presentations range from two- or three-minute interview clips to hour-long lectures. Whether you watch them in class, assign them to your students for homework, or download them to your iPod for a long road trip, each one can give you new insight into the past.

The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity

Speaker(s): Jill Lepore Duration: 41 minutes 44 seconds

Using Visual Images to Teach Colonial History

Speaker(s): Emily Clark Duration: 30 minutes 1 second

Multimedia from Other Sub-Eras

Guns, Horses, and the Grass Revolution

Speaker(s): Elliott West Duration: 1 hour 12 minute

How Did Slavery Begin in North America?

Speaker(s): Christopher Brown Duration: 1 minute 31 seconds

Monuments and Memorials: The South in American History

Speaker(s): Edward L. Ayers Duration: 1 hour 19 minutes 21 seconds

The Age of Homespun: Family Labor in the Colonial Economy

Speaker(s): Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Duration: 47 minutes 4 seconds

The Cousins’ Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America

Speaker(s): Kevin Phillips Duration: 36 minutes 8 seconds